Numurkah Leader
Regional Vic to take another step

REGIONAL Victoria is moving ahead in leaps and bounds with a second easing of restrictions to take place as of 11.59pm tonight.

Having hit the trigger point of a 14-day average of less than five cases - 3.6 as of yesterday -  and with no mystery cases, public health experts have advised that regional Victoria can now safely move to step three of the State Government’s roadmap, which means much greater freedoms.

Activities allowed under step three:

Social

• No restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance you can travel

• Public gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors

• Households can create a ‘household bubble’ with one other nominated household, allowing up to five visitors from that household at a time (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)

Education and childcare

• Childcare - open

• Schools - staged return to onsite learning for all students in term four, with safety measures in place

• Adult education - restricted. Learn from home if you can, onsite for hands-on, skills-based learning

Work

• Work from home if you can

Shopping, personal services, eating and drinking out

• Hospitality - predominantly outdoor, group limit of 10 and density limits

• Retail - all open, hairdressing and beauty services where a face covering can be worn for the duration of service

• Real estate - private inspections by appointment only, auctions outdoors subject to gathering limits

• Shopping - no limit on number of people from a household who can go shopping

Exercise and recreation

• Outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 and younger; outdoor non-contact sport only for adults, with gathering and density limits, outdoor skateparks open, outdoor fitness for groups of 10 people

Ceremonies and special occasions

• Weddings - allowed with up to 10 people (including the couple, two witnesses and celebrant)

• Funerals - allowed with up to 20 people (infants under 12 months of age or people required to conduct the funeral not included in the limit)

• Religion - outdoor religious gatherings for up to 10 people plus a faith leader, places of worship open for private worship for households or social bubbles, plus a faith leader

Entertainment, leisure and travel

• Travel within Victoria - allowed across all areas except areas with higher restrictions

• Entertainment - outdoor venues and events open, subject to pre-approved plans

• Accommodation - open, with caps per the social bubble.